If Not, Winter

If Not, Winter

Fragments of Sappho

Book - 2002 | 1st ed.
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A bilingual edition of the work of the Greek poet Sappho, in a new translation by Anne Carson. Sappho lived on the island of Lesbos from about 630 b.c. She was a musical genius who devoted her life to composing and performing songs. Of the nine books of lyrics Sappho is said to have composed, none of the music is extant and only one poem has survived complete. All the rest are fragments. InIf Not, WinterCarson presents all of Sappho's fragments in Greek and in English. Brackets and space give the reader a sense of what is absent as well as what is present on the papyrus. Carson's translation illuminates Sappho's reflections on love, desire, marriage, exile, cushions, bees, old age, shame, time, chickpeas and many other aspects of the human situation.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : distributed by Random House, 2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375410673
0375410678
Branch Call Number: 884.01 S241
Characteristics: xiii, 397 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Carson, Anne 1950-

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Calmage_Wolfatee
Jul 08, 2018

As a source for a entry level-history course biography, I learned through Dr. Carson's translations that Sappho's poems mentions both female and male lovers. This translation of poetry stands apart because the book includes a section at the back discussing the possible different meanings of certain words.

Multcolib_Research May 23, 2013

"In this miraculous new translation, acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson presents all of Sappho's fragments, in Greek and in English, as if on the ragged scraps of papyrus that preserve them, inviting a thrill of discovery and conjecture that can be described only as electric or, to use Sappho's words, as 'thin fire racing under skin.' "(630 B.C.?–570 B.C.?)

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Calmage_Wolfatee
Jul 08, 2018

Some men say an army of horse and some men say an army on foot
and some men say an army of ships is the most beautiful thing
on the black earth. But I say it is
what you love.

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